Inside the Space

Four-Year Developmental Approach

First Year

The goal with first year students is to help them discover their strengths and passions and explore areas where they are able to use those strengths and passions on a regular basis. We use several assessment tools to aid this process including StrengthsQuest, Strong Interest Inventory, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Students also meet with experienced advisers who help guide them as they start to define a career path. On our student page, we provide a checklist of activities they should pursue each year.

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Second Year

By the second year, students ideally have a few areas of interest and start to formulate a plan for how they are going build experiences so that they can explore these areas. One key program, The Sophomore Experience, provides a foundation of professional excellence and enables students to start defining career options. Time and effort is also dedicated to developing an effective resume and learning how to network.

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Third Year

In the third year, students have narrowed down their choices significantly and there is a tremendous focus on obtaining experience in professional settings. Effective business writing and etiquette are emphasized and networking takes on a whole new meaning. Networking strategies are discussed and executed creating opportunities that otherwise would not exist. Understanding how to effectively tap into the Wofford alumni network is a critical part of this equation.  

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Fourth Year

As seniors prepare to graduate they take professional excellence to an entirely new level. Those that take full advantage of Career Services and Center programs gain further networking and real-world experience through internships, apprenticeships, consulting assignments, and entrepreneurial ventures. They polish their already effective interview skills and become superb presenters and public speakers. They learn critical skills such as project management and creative solution development.  

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During the entire four year process, students are continually exposed to successful professionals from many disciplines through seminars, luncheons and speaking events. The professionals provide insight into success and often become a networking resource and provide advice to students well after an event is held.

By building on their liberal arts foundation, students active in Career Services and The Center leverage the skills learned to give themselves an 18 to 24 month advantage in the marketplace. In short, they are prepared for the challenges that await them after graduation.